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Samsung Galaxy S III Review: Not Revolutionary, But Another Solid Step Forward For Android

The Galaxy S III is a big deal. It's kind of hard to overstate it. Samsung is the biggest, baddest Android manufacturer out there, and this is their new flagship device for the next year.

Samsung is taking advantage of their newfound clout in the Android ecosystem: it's the first Android phone to escape the cellular carriers' meddling changes. Sammy managed to pulled off a unified launch across all the major US carriers - there will be no weird variants, and no names that sound like Street Fighter II sequels.

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The Official Google I/O 2012 App Is Now In The Play Store

Come one, come all [Google I/O attendees] - the official I/O app is now available in the Play Store. It includes maps, event schedules, the conference agenda, and detailed information about all sorts of devvy stuff. Oh, and this year you can play back various "I/O Live" talks and events straight to your 3.0+ tablet. Awesome. In addition, Google will be open sourcing the whole app once I/O has ended.

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Editorial: Android Tablets Still Suck, And Google's Running Out Of Time To Fix Them

I want to ask everyone a question - well, everyone who owns an Android tablet, that is - how often do you instinctively reach for it, as opposed to your phone or laptop? I don't care what the reason is, I'm just genuinely curious how much of a "tweener" role your Android tablet has taken in your life. And after you read this editorial, share that story with me in the comments, because I'd really like to have a discussion with people on this.

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HTC EVO LTE Users Now Totally Locked Out Of Google Wallet – "Wallet Has Not Yet Been Certified…On Your Device / Carrier"

Many users, upon booting up their brand new EVO LTEs over the past few weeks, were confused to find that Google Wallet would stick in the "adding prepaid card" dialogue, often returning an error message which encouraged users to try again later. It soon became apparent that this issue was limited to the EVO LTE, as it was discovered that modifying the device's build.prop to identify as a Galaxy Nexus returned the app to full functionality.

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First Batch Of CyanogenMod 7.2 (Stable) Builds Now Available For A Ton Of Devices

Those of you who have been waiting for a stable Android 2.3.7 build for your device from CyanogenMod are in luck - the first stable CyanogenMod 7.2 builds have just been released for an absolute slew of devices. For those who don't feel like decoding all the code-names for themselves, here's a handy list of supported devices (at the time of writing – more devices are being added):

Barnes&Noble

  • NOOK Color (encore)

HTC

  • Hero CDMA
  • myTouch 4G (glacier)
  • myTouch 3G Slide (espresso)
  • Desire (bravo)
  • Desire HD
  • Tattoo (click)
  • Wildfire (buzz)
  • Incredible (inc)
  • Incredible 2 (vivow)
  • Droid Eris (desirec)

LG

  • myTouch T 4G (e739)
  • Optimus Sol (e730)
  • Optimus Hub (e510)
  • Optimus Pro (c660)

Motorola

  • Droid 2 (Global)

Samsung

  • Galaxy S (galaxy smtd/sbmtd)
  • Galaxy SII (AT&T and international)
  • Fascinate
  • Nexus S/4G (Crespo/4G)
  • Galaxy Ace

Sony Ericsson

  • Xperia Pro MK16 (iyokan)
  • Xperia Neo (Hallon)
  • Live w/ Walkman (coconut)
  • Xperia Arc (Anzu)
  • Xperia Ray (urushi)
  • Xperia Play (zeus)
  • Xperia Mini/Pro (smultron/mango)

ZTE

  • Blade

Arcee notes in a post to the CyanogenMod blog that 7.2 brings a few backported ICS features and a few important bug fixes to a list of devices which includes 20 more than the list of 7.1 recipients.

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From The Developer Of Doom GLES Comes Heretic GLES – Spill Demon Blood Like It's 1994 Without MS-DOS

Kokak, the developer behind the Android port of Doom GLES, has brought another iconic game to Android devices everywhere, recently releasing Heretic GLES to Google's Play Store. As fans of old-school gaming would hope, Heretic GLES (like its Doom counterpart) supports physical controls on the Xperia Play or your keyboard or gamepad.

For those unfamiliar with the iconic FPS, Heretic challenges players to fight through hoards of undead monsters, find the gateway to Hell's Maw, and seal the portal through which the undead have sprung, going on to face off against D'Sparil who (along with two others) has been wreaking havoc by effectively disabling the seven kings of Parthoris.

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iOS Didn't "Stomp Out" Android, And Both Platforms Are Doing Just Fine

It's inevitable that, when a new version of iOS or Android gets released, the fanboys will come out of the woodwork to mourn the death of their beloved rival. In most cases, it's best to ignore them. However, in most cases, they also aren't the founder of a major tech publication. As such, it feels like Mr. Geller's premature funeral service for Android deserves its own bit of attention because, in the immortal words of Monty Python, Android isn't quite dead yet.

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Rumor: Sprint Releasing Its Own Mobile Payment Service Called "Touch," Google Wallet Now Left High And Dry

Well, we knew it was a possibility, and given Google Wallet's painfully slow adoption rate (by carriers and payment processors), rumors today from NFCTimes that the service's sole remaining partner Sprint is coming up with an alternative aren't exactly surprising.

NFCTimes says the service will be called "Touch," and will utilize a "secure element" system like Wallet (a physical chip) in order to securely process mobile payments. Likely by necessity, this would mean the end of support for Google Wallet on Sprint handsets released after the launch of the new "Touch" service.

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Sony Rolling Out Xperia Mini Pro And Xperia Live With Walkman Android 4.0 OTA, Continuing The 2011 Xperia Line Update Program

Sony may have disappointed by backing out of bringing Ice Cream Sandwich to its PlayStation-certified Xperia Play, but there are still several other Xperia devices out there due an upgrade to Android 4.0. Having recently dealt with the Xperia Arc and Neo, next up is the pint-sized pocket slider, the Xperia Mini Pro. As you might expect, this will include Sony's usual UI customizations, but considering the Xperia Mini Pro's rather unique form factor such additions may be welcome in this case.

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Qualcomm Working On A Chip That Would Support Multiple LTE Bands, Carrier Networks

According to a recent FCC filing, Qualcomm is hard at work on a new radio chipset that would support seven spectrum bands, including three below 1GHz. The introduction of this chipset could offer an effective solution to LTE spectrum fragmentation, which is a thorn in the side of manufacturers looking to cleanly execute broad product releases.

LTE fragmentation has also stirred debate among carriers, though. Smaller carriers operate within the Lower A block of the 700MHz band, in Band Class 12 while larger carriers like AT&T operate on the Lower B and C blocks in Band Class 17.

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